Nick Diaz reportedly turns down what would have been one of 2017's biggest fights 7 years ago

Nick Diaz reportedly turns down what would have been one of 2017's biggest fights

You've got to admire Nick Diaz' steel - coming back after an 18-month cannabis ban and expecting a shot at UFC gold.

The elder of the Diaz brothers has all his forms and contracts stamped and is on the active roster again.

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It has been almost two years since Diaz last fought in the UFC - a No Contest against Anderson Silva on January 31, 2015.

The Stockton native has fought four times in five years since he made his UFC debut with a win over BJ Penn. He has not won since.

Still, with the UFC's new owners giving big bouts to house-hold names, Diaz feels he is worthy of a title shot. He may well get it too.

Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has already told reporters he would be open to a big money fight with Diaz while Michael Bisping would surely welcome him up to middleweight and cream the pay-per-view points.

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That may be why Diaz is reluctant to take a fight against Robbie Lawler. Diaz defeated 'Ruthless' in an all-out war back in 2004 that helped make the names of both men.

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However, Joe Rogan explained on his podcast:

"Apparently they offered Nick Diaz Robbie Lawler and Nick passed on it.

"That’s the word. That’s the word behind the scenes. I wanted to see that fight. I would love to see that rematch. But I think Nick wants a f**king title fight.

"I think Nick is like, look I want a big, big name or a title fight."

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Nick Diaz must have a pretty big name or a title shot in touching distance if he is willing to turn down an event that would definitely serve as a co main event for a major PPV.

For now, it is a case of wait and see.